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Gaydos Voter Motor Efficiency Bill More Vital Than Ever After Shapiro Action
In light of the governor’s recent announcement to implement an automatic voter registration when Commonwealth residents obtain or renew a PennDOT driver’s license or photo identification card, I am calling on the House to act on my bill to automatically interconnect all state agency data and information collection and services so that records match, government can operate more efficiently and citizens may get the most of the government for which they pay.

My House Bill 970 would make access to participation in local and state government, as well as voting, fully efficient for new residents to the Commonwealth and those who move within its borders. State and local government agencies often struggle with keeping up-to-date with data across agencies that is associated with each resident in the system. So what better way to provide convenience and efficiency to our citizenry as well as government agencies than to ensure that all records automatically match.

Currently, the Department of State requires that voters register to vote at the address where they actually live. So this legislation would ensure that when a resident changes their voter registration address, the Department of State would be required to transmit the same information from voter registration applications and address changes to both state and local agencies, such as the Department of Transportation for driver’s licenses and car registration, and taxing authorities, such as local municipalities. With the cost of government increasing every day, it is simply imperative to streamline government as much as possible.

House Bill 970 would simply ensure that all records within the state match the residency of the voter. It would also allow agencies providing services to determine if someone still meets residency requirements should they change their address and ensure they are eligible for services provided and received. In addition, all state agencies would be required to send constituents using state services more information concerning the rights and responsibilities required for those who live there.

We saw how important this is during the pandemic when the Department of Human Services for Medicaid payments and the Department of Labor and Industry for unemployment claims was sending information to incorrect addresses so people had difficulty accessing services. Also, there have been improper payments made to people who are no longer eligible for services when they have moved. This is due to state or local agencies not being informed of address changes.

The governor has been trying to make access to government easier and more efficient for residents, so it only makes sense to have the records from all state agencies and local governments match automatically too. If people are going to be automatically enrolled to participate in one part of government, efforts should be made to automatically ensure that all records and responsibilities across the board match too.

The legislation is currently before the House State Government Committee for its consideration.


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Email: vgaydos@pahousegop.com